This change comes as a follow-up after government claims against Google regarding its monopoly in Search Engines (Google Search) and Browsers (Chrome). The main action point here is that Google will have to inform Android users about the existence of alternative apps and services that they can use.
Now, after opening a Google Play, you may see a pop-up asking if you want to stay in the loop? The message will be unclear to many but on the next two screens appears the explanation. You will see a list of search apps and a list of browsers, showing which of them you have installed already.
It is not yet clear if it is a country-specific test or a wider rollout.
- 📲 Google Play is an official application store for Android by Google.
- 📲 Google Play app doesn't have a standalone listing on Google Play itself.
- 📲 Google Play Services app is a library that is used by the Google Play app internally. It is available in beta, but lots of new features are rolling out in waves to a limited amount of users.